Ouest (department)

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Ouest

Lwès
Ouest in Haiti.svg
Ouest in Haiti
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Capital Port-au-Prince
Government
  TypeDepartmental Council
Area
   Department 4,982.56 km2 (1,923.78 sq mi)
Population
(2015) [1]
   Department 4,029,705
  Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
   Urban
3,397,404
   Rural
632,301
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
ISO 3166 code HT-OU
HDI (2017)0.535 [2]
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Ouest (English: West, Haitian Creole : Lwès) is one of the ten departments of Haiti. It is the jurisdictional seat of the national capital, the city of Port-au-Prince. It has an area of 4,982.56 square kilometres (1,923.78 sq mi) and a population of 4,029,705 (2015 Estimate). It borders the Dominican Republic to the east.

Departments of Haiti first-level administrative territorial entity of Haiti

In the administrative divisions of Haiti, the department is the first of four levels of government. Haiti is divided administratively into ten departments, which are further subdivided into 42 arrondissements, 145 communes, and 571 communal sections.

Haiti country in the Caribbean

Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti and formerly called Hayti, is a country located on the island of Hispaniola, east of Cuba in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.8 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.

Port-au-Prince Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Port-au-Prince is the capital and most populous city of Haiti. The city's population was estimated at 987,310 in 2015 with the metropolitan area estimated at a population of 2,618,894. The metropolitan area is defined by the IHSI as including the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Carrefour, and Pétion-Ville.

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It is the second largest department in Haiti after Artibonite. Gonâve Island is also part of the Ouest department. The department's stretch of coastline lies entirely in the Gulf of Gonâve.

Artibonite (department) department in Gonaïves, Haiti

Artibonite is one of the ten departments of Haiti. With an area of 4,887 km2 it is Haiti's largest department. As of 2015, its estimated population was 1,727,524. The region is the country's main rice-growing area. The main cities are Gonaïves and Saint-Marc. In February 2004 an insurgency tried unsuccessfully to declare Artibonite's independence.

Gonâve Island island and arrondissement of Haiti

Gonâve Island is an island of Haiti located west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve. It is the largest of the Hispaniolan satellite islands. The island is an arrondissement in the Ouest and includes the communes of Anse-à-Galets and Pointe-à-Raquette. The indigenous Taínos called the island Guanabo.

Gulf of Gonâve A large gulf along the western coast of Haiti

The Gulf of Gonâve is a large gulf of the Caribbean Sea along the western coast of Haiti. Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince, is located on the coast of the gulf. Other cities on the gulf coast include Gonaïves, Saint-Marc, Miragoâne, and Jérémie. Several islands are located in the gulf, the largest being Gonâve Island, followed by the much smaller Cayemites.

Administrative divisions

The Department of Ouest is subdivided into five arrondissements, which are further subdivided into twenty communes.

An arrondissement is any of various administrative divisions of France, Belgium, Haiti, certain other Francophone countries, and the Netherlands.

(with 2009 Population Estimates in parentheses) [3]

Arcahaie is an arrondissement in the Ouest of Haiti. As of 2015, the population was 198,551 inhabitants. Postal codes in the Arcahaie Arrondissement start with the number 64.

Croix-des-Bouquets is an arrondissement in the Ouest Department of Haiti. As of 2015, the population was 474,806 inhabitants. Postal codes in the Croix-des-Bouquets Arrondissement start with the number 63.

Croix-des-Bouquets, Ouest Town in Ouest, Haiti

Croix-des-Bouquets is a town in the Croix-des-Bouquets commune in the Croix-des-Bouquets Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti. In 2009, the commune had 227,012 inhabitants, making it the most populous city in Ouest department outside of Port-au-Prince Arrondisement.

History

2010 7.0 earthquake

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Shake map of 2010 Haiti earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the department, the largest in Haiti in two centuries. [4] In the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, many areas suffered damage. [5] In the Léogâne Arrondissement, the city of Léogâne suffered 80-90% destruction. [6] Other places in Léogâne were also affected.

Economy

Absolute poverty levels in the Ouest department are the lowest in the country. [7]


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Sud (department) Department in Les Cayes, Haiti

Sud is one of the ten departments of Haiti. It has an area of 2,653.60 square kilometres (1,024.56 sq mi) and a population of 774,976. Its capital is Les Cayes.

Petit-Goâve Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Petit-Goâve is a coastal commune in the Léogâne Arrondissement in the Ouest department of Haiti. It is located 68 kilometres (42 mi) southwest of Port-au-Prince. The town has a population of approximately 12,000 inhabitants.

Delmas, Ouest Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Delmas is a commune in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti. Delmas itself is an urban continuation of the capital city. Delmas is also the location of much of the area's commercial and industrial enterprise.

Arrondissements of Haiti Wikimedia list article

An arrondissement is a level of administrative division in Haiti.

Anse-à-Galets Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Anse-à-Galets is a commune and city in the La Gonâve Arrondissement, in the Ouest department on Gonâve Island in Haiti, located to the west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve. It is the largest commune on the island and has 62,559 inhabitants.

Tabarre Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Tabarre is a commune in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti.

Léogâne is an arrondissement in the Ouest Department of Haiti. As of 2015, the population was 509,280 inhabitants. Postal codes in the Léogâne Arrondissement start with the number 62.

Port-au-Prince Arrondissement Arrondissement in Ouest, Haiti

Port-au-Prince is an arrondissement in the Ouest department of Haiti. It had 2,109,516 inhabitants at the 2003 Census which was estimated to have risen to 2,759,991 in 2015 in an area of 735.78 sq km. Postal codes in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement start with the number 61.

Gressier Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Gressier is a commune in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti. It has 25,947 inhabitants.

1770 Port-au-Prince earthquake

The 1770 Port-au-Prince earthquake took place at 7:15 pm local time on June 3, on the Enriquillo fault near Port-au-Prince, Saint-Domingue, the French colony that is now the country of Haiti.

Morne-à-Chandelle Village in Ouest, Haiti

Morne-à-Chandelle is a village in the La Gonâve Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti, on the southern side of the Gulf of Gonâve. It is located 7.7 miles (12.4 km) east of Léogâne.

Durissy Village in Ouest, Haiti

Durissy is a village in the Léogâne Arrondissement, in the Ouest department of Haiti. It is west-southwest of Port-au-Prince.


The 2015 Ligue Haïtienne season was the 52nd season of top-tier football in Haiti. The league was split into two tournaments—the Série de Ouverture and the Série de Clôture—each with identical formats and each contested by the same 20 teams.

References

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  2. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. "IHSI" (PDF). Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  4. CNN News Morning, 13 January 2010
  5. CNN, "The Situation Room", 15 January 2010
  6. ABC News, 'Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"', AFP, Lisa Millar, 17 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)
  7. Mapping Inequality in the Caribbean, December 4, 2010 http://www.haitiedstories.org/haiti-map/